MURRAY Bridge's Unity College officially opened a new agriculture centre and classrooms last week during the school's second annual twilight showcase, culminating the school's agricultural livestock show.
Long time supporter of Unity College and the ariculture program Mr Alan Packer, and Unity old scholar Dr Rhiannon Schilling opened the building and spoke about the school's agriculture program and the opportunities it presented to the to students
The livestock show was arranged by school staff to ensure students still had the opportunity to learn about their livestock and stock handling since the cancellation of the Adelaide Show due to COVID-19 concerns.
Students were presented with their ribbons and awards by Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick.
Principal Kaye Mathwin-Cox said the Unity College Agriculture program continued to develop and in 2020 it is a representation of the diverse agricultural, horticultural and food processing enterprises available in the Murraylands region."
"Mr Alan Packer has been passionate and influential in the development of agriculture at Unity through his tireless hours of volunteer service, through generosity of financial donations and through his vast experience and contacts in the agricultural industry in the Murraylands region," she said.
"Dr Rhiannon Schilling is a Unity College Graduate of the Class of 2006. She is now the Program Leader of Agronomy at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and is an Affiliate Lecturer at The University of Adelaide. She is a research leader, mentor, and passionate agricultural scientist.
She conducts high quality basic and applied research in plant physiology, molecular biology and soil science."
In opening the centre, Mr Packer said the importance of agriculturehad grown in the Murraylands and the region was now considered the "food bowl of South Australia".
" I hope that there are many students who enjoy learning in this building and go on to further study and then forge careers in this industry, he said."